Goal 3

Retention of International Students

10% of foreign students stay in Nova Scotia (up from 5%).

Updated:

Retention of International Students data graphic

Current Situation

The gross number of international post-secondary students transitioning to permanent residency has increased — if somewhat inconsistently — resulting in significant gains in 2016. However, the rate of increase in retention has not been in proportion with the significant increase in the number of these students studying in Nova Scotia. At the current pace, we are not on track reach the ‘stretch’ target of a 10 per cent retention rate.

yearratetargetbaseline
20053.60105
20066.00105
20076.20105
20087.50105
20095.70105
20105.30105
20114.10105
20125.10105
20136.00105
20145.60105
20153.40105
20165.80105

What this means

A growing number of potential economic migrants are being attracted to study at Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions. More of them are also choosing to stay and build a life here. This is an opportunity to help combat the province’s demographic and economic challenges. As the number of enrolments rise, retention efforts can expand to accommodate the larger volume of potential economic migrants.

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